Women Tech Council (WTC), a national organization based in Silicon Slopes focused on increasing the number of women in technology, recently released a research report documenting the gender gap in the tech sector and the practices that are effectively closing it.
The report focuses on the four key areas needed for technology companies to accelerate the creation of more inclusive and diverse teams and cultures for women in tech.
"In order for a company to attract and retain the best talent while driving innovation and bottom-line success, inclusive cultures must be rooted in the organization's DNA," said Cydni Tetro, president of WTC. "By moving beyond single-factored solutions to deeper measures that anchor gender inclusivity firmly into an organization, the practices outlined in this research can help increase the number of women across the technology sector today and ensure that diverse workforces are sustained in the future."
Released in conjunction with International Women's Day, the report expands other research of the technology sector by moving past siloed and individual components to the programs and policies that have created inclusive cultures in some of the industry's most successful technology companies.
The research finds that when woven together and implemented simultaneously, the following four areas drive talent retention and high performance: - Executive engagement (active support from the CEO, executive team and all leadership) - Company programming (currently has women in executive leadership positions and proactively implements programs to support women in technology) - Community investment (active participation with the broader community to learn from and share best practices regarding culture and inclusion) - Women's or Diversity & Inclusion group (formal programs to support women internally)
In addition to releasing this report, WTC also unveiled additional resources to help technology companies create more inclusive and diverse teams for women in tech:
The 2019 Shatter List showcasing technology companies that are actively implementing programming under these four areas to create more gender-inclusive cultures and helping break the glass ceiling for women in tech. See the 2019 Shatter List at www.womentechcouncil.org.
Women Tech Council also today released the first series of Best Practices from WTC's Diversity & Inclusion Forum detailing specific programs implemented by technology companies to close the gender gap and create more inclusive cultures. Each Best Practice documents a program by Workfront, Pluralsight and Adobe that created measurable impact on gender inclusivity and provides insights to enable implementation by other technology companies.
"Regardless of product or vertical, research shows creating inclusive environments that leverage the talent of diverse teams propels a company's overall revenue and profitability," said Cydni Tetro, president of WTC. "Identifying and disseminating the practices that are making real impact towards gender inclusion helps accelerate adoption across the technology industry to build a more robust, competitive and diverse community."
About Women Tech Council: Women Tech Council (WTC) is a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in the technology sector through developing programs that propel the economic pipeline from high school K-12 to the C-suite. WTC offers mentoring, visibility, opportunities and networking to more than 10,000 women and men working in technology to create business environments focused on inclusivity and high performance. Through this work, WTC propels women in technology careers and the talent pipeline by ensuring a strong, diverse and entrepreneurial technology workforce.
For more information on Women Tech Council, visit: www.womentechcouncil.org